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Lifeboats called after lugger sends out distress signal via text message

By CMJohannaCarr  |  Posted: September 05, 2012

Sennen lifeboat in action

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Lifeboat crews have been called out to rescue a stricken lugger of the west Cornwall coast near Pendeen.

St Ives and Sennen lifeboats were called out at 8.45am this morning after reports of a lugger, called the Ibis, that had run into difficulties after ripping its sails and having no engine.

With no radio on board the vessel, one of the two crew members text messaged a distress call to a friend, who then alerted Falmouth Coastguard.

A spokeswoman for the coastguard said because they did not know where the yacht was the two lifeboat crews were sent out to search.

She said: "She had no engine but she was not far from shore. She is all safe and well on board… and she is being towed round to Mount's Bay."

The Ibis was found in Morvah Bay, near Pendeen, and is expected to arrive into Mount's Bay at 2pm.

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